Incredible outdoor adventures, five national parks and ancient ruins combine to make a trip to Utah the experience of a lifetime. See golden bridges of rock at Arches National Park, islands carved by rivers in Canyonlands National Park and red sandstone hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park. Want to see people or not? In popular Zion National Park, go on a popular adventure wading in the Virgin River through the Narrows, or go off the beaten path on Capitol Reef National Park’s quiet canyon wash trails.
Cliffs, slot canyons, and dizzying views: This park has them all. Two classic Zion experiences: hiking Angels Landing and wading the Virgin River Narrows.
Famous for its weird and wonderful hoodoos—bulbous rock pillars—this southwestern Utah park also offers hiking, horseback riding, camping, and stargazing.
Marvel at more than 2,000 natural rock arches at this park just outside of Moab. Some can be spotted from the road, but the best require a scenic hike.
Canyonlands National Park is full of canyons, mesas, and buttes. But you won't find crowds here. It's Utah's least visited park even though it's the largest
This national park preserves the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold (a “wrinkle” in the earth’s crust), a Mormon frontier settlement, and vast wilderness.
From the Flaming Gorge in the north to Monument Valley in the south, Utah is filled with parks and recreation areas for you to enjoy.
In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is a moving target these days. Here are updates.
This trip takes you to all 5 of Utah's national parks plus the Grand Canyon for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enter through Feb 23, 2021.
Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, Utah national parks-style, even if you can't visit the parks in person.
Utah's five national parks are all located in the southern part of the state and are often added on to a Grand Canyon vacation because of their proximity to Arizona. Winter sports resorts and parks are located in the center and northern regions of Utah with Brian Head and Snowbird being popular destinations. The northeastern section of Utah is famous for dinosaur fossils and the Flaming Gorge, a beautiful water sports and fishing area.
Most people drive. Check out our road trip ideas. There are a few major airports within a day’s drive of the parks including Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Once you get to the parks, you will need a car or tour transportation to get around. Zion National Park has a shuttle that runs in the Valley. If you are entering Zion from the east, you need to be aware of the restrictions for the Mount Carmel Tunnel.
Find an exciting scenic route to the parks when you follow one of these itineraries. We show you the best starting points and points of interest on the way.
The closest airports and their distances from Zion, Bryce, Arches and other Utah Parks.
Information and tips on how to best utilize Zion's free shuttle system. Watch the video.
A 1.1 mile-long tunnel is credited with converting Zion from an isolated and rarely visited park, to one of the most popular national parks
Zion and Bryce Canyon each have one lodge inside the park. However, all parks have campgrounds. There are a plethora of lodging options near the park entrances and in gateway towns including cabins, campgrounds, resorts, and hotels.
Only two of the five Utah national parks have hotels or cabins inside the park, but your can find a variety of lodging in gateway communities right outside the park boundaries.
Spend time camping on your Arches, Bryce, Zion, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands vacation at one of the many area campgrounds.
Get the best views in this red-rock paradise in southwestern Utah. If you want to feel on top of the world, here are three fantastic Zion hikes that offer incredible vistas.
The word "hoodoo" means to bewitch, which is what Bryce Canyon's rock formations surely do.
The largest concentration of natural arches in the world. Marvel at more than 2,000 natural rock arches at this park just outside of Moab.
Explore the Needles, Island in the Sky, the Maze, and the Rivers of Canyonlands National Park. But don't miss these two fascinating spots nearby.
The best viewpoints, trails, and attractions in this under-the-radar park.
Hiking through slot canyons and up rock formations, mountain biking over slickrock, 4-wheel scenic drives, and wildlife watching (especially for bighorn and birds) are the main activities. See our list of the top ten things to do in the parks and beyond.
Utah offers hikers and backpackers an exceptional variety of lovely trails that meander across rivers and streams, and pass by striking waterfalls & arches
From hiking to fishing to winter sports, there are plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast in Zion National Park.
Utah has many museums, zoos, movie sets, and historic sites to visit on your national park vacation
Looking for ideas for a Utah vacation? Here you'll suggestions for Utah's five national parks along with some of Utah's leisure towns and cities.
From mountain biking to al fresco dining to live music, Park City, Utah, has a trail for everyone.
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Avoid the crowds, enjoy fantastic food and discover the hidden gems along the way to three of the Southwest’s most popular national parks.
The Utah-Arizona border is full of colorful rock formations. Most have hear of the "Wave" but are unaware of the surrounding formations just as jaw-dropping
Iconic trails, fantastic meals, natural and cultural history and expert guides to make for an unforgettable national park vacation.
Don’t let your trip sound just like your neighbors’ vacation. Set it apart by staying at some of the fantastic and unusual lodging options along the way.
Parks that usually charge an entrance fee will be free on several days during the year. Check our list of dates for this year.